After a long Minnesota winter and the recent beautiful spring weather, there is nothing like getting outside and firing up the grill. Smoke rolling out from under the lid of the grill, cooking up tasty hot dogs and burgers, is a welcome sight and smell at the family cookout. But, fire anywhere else can make your summer barbecue kick-off memorable for all the wrong reasons.
Simple Tips and Easy Reminders for Keeping Things Safe Around the Grill…
• Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
• Grills should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhangs.
• Keep children and pets away from the grill area.
• Never leave your grill unattended.
• There are several ways to get the charcoal ready to use. Charcoal chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as a fuel.
• If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire.
• Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
• For electric charcoal starters, which do not use fire, be sure to use an OUTDOOR specific extension cord.
• When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.
Propane Grills (and gas leaks)
Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year. To check for leaks, apply a light soap and water solution to the hose. A propane leak will release bubbles. If your grill has a gas leak, by smell or the soapy bubble test, and there is no flame, turn off the gas tank and grill. If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again. If the leak does not stop, call the fire department. If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill.
So, remember when grilling up your favorite food for friends or family, always make sure to follow these simple safety checks.
Happy grilling and Enjoy summer!
Ben Towberman – General Manager of Ultra Clean Service Corp.